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The Disadvantages of Being Educated & Other Essays Paperback – November, 1996


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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Hallberg Pub Corp (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873190416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873190411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These essays, written in the 1920's and 1930's, correctly predicted "life in the 90's."

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on June 12, 2011
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Albert J. Nock's book titled THE DISADVANTAGES OF BEING EDUCATED & OTHER ESSAYS is an interesting anthology of a learned man who applied reason and knowledge while exposing hypocrisy re religion and political power. Nock showed serious concern about the lack of respect for historical lessons and inability to understand the abuse of power and language.

Nock started this book with an explanation of the difference between knowledge and training. Nock did NOT disavow training and mentioned that training has improved our lives. Nock argued that there was more to life than "economism" and acquisition. Nock showed serious concern about the anniliation of history in the name of "progress." Nock knew history very well and that the politics of Vox Populi Vox Dei could lead to mob rule, tryanny, and tragedy.

Nock then examined the concept of liberty. Nock noticed that wealthy people were often not any happier than those less wealthy because wealthy people were too concerned about their wealth and reputation. Nocked mocked the notion that government authority should make everyone the same which would make them happier when many people prefer to be left alone. Or to quote the late US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941),"No government has made everyone equally happy. Too many governments have made too many people equally miserable." An intrusive political system staffed by "uplifters" and hypocrites conceal tyranny by useless laws and attempts at imposed conformity.

When a political candidate cited the book titled THE FEDERALIST PAPERS that government is based on majoritarian tyranny,Nock asked readers to actually read THE FEDERALIST PAPERS which had dire warnings of majority rule which could lead to tyranny.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2011
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In our present age of egalitarianism and paternalistic government (the two being completely related), Albert Jay Nock's essays are a breath of fresh air. Every bit as good a writer, and strong a critic, as H.L. Mencken, Nock has the added benefit of writing more to argue than to shock.

Nock is often written off as a curmudgeonly elitist, and while there is some elitism in his thought, it is of the "common sense" kind that simply acknowledges that some will emerge better skilled, smarter, and more successful than others. Essays like "The Disadvantages of Being Educated," "The Classicist's Opportunity" and "Toward a New Quality Product," focus on American educational trends. Nock writes with skepticism and disdain for American education's egalitarian premise - that all people are educable and, therefore, if all students are not successful, we must keep diluting the quality of education until we have forced this premise to be accurate. In so doing, he reminds us, we are turning "education" into "training" and simply calling the latter by the name of the former. Nock reminds us that there is simply no reason to think that most or all people are capable of being EDUCATED rather than TRAINED (an readers will find that Nock doesn't mean this in a demeaning way; he has respect for training, but simply wishes that it not be conflated with education).

Along these lines, Nock differentiates in several of his essays between those (perhaps the masses in Ortega y Gassett's
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